3-acre grass fire in Richmond sends up plume of smoke

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Smoke from a grass fire in Richmond. (Image credited to live video footage from NBC Bay Area)

No one is injured nor structures under threat by a 3-acre grass fire that broke out in marshland along the Richmond shoreline Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze west of the Bayview off-ramp to Interstate Highway 580 at about 12:37 p.m., Richmond Fire Capt. Rico Rincon said.

The fire was about 50 percent contained as of 2 p.m. and fire crews appeared to have it under control.

An East Bay Regional Park District helicopter was assisting by dropping water onto the fire. Homeless encampments in the area were evacuated, according to Rincon.

Richmond police was assisting with minor traffic control, as the only access to the fire site is a small, dead-end commercial street. Smoke was not affecting traffic on Interstate Highway 580, Rincon said.

Five engines responded with assistance from the El Cerrito, Rodeo, Hercules fire departments.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Rincon said.